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Skyline 2 in the works already?

10.29.2010

So SKYLINE looks to be this year's DISTRICT 9, where a sci-fi movie with a low budget ends up looking like a million bucks through suprisingly well executed CGI. I suppose the tech is getting cheaper these days, but it is extremely impressive for this film to look as good as it does on such a microscopic budget ($20M) at least compared to other similarly styled blockbusters.

Our boys at Arrow in the Head recently interviewed co-director Greg Strause and co-writer Liam O'Donnell who said they already have part of a script ready for SKLYINE 2 if the movie makes a fraction of what a normal blockbuster would. Here's what they had to say specifically:

"We had ideas, we want to keep doing it," O'Donnell said.

Strause continued, "Liam and Josh Cordes already have a treatment put together for it, because there's business aspects... the foreign distributors, they want to know you've already got it figured out, it's all mapped out."

"We did all this heavy lifting to get these characters into a really cool place, and we want to keep telling that story. It's a lot of fun, it's a fun world," said O'Donnell.

After I kidded them that SKYLINE 2 was now official, Strause said, "There's a headline out there like, 'SKYLINE 2 ready to go unless SKYLINE 1 flops.'"

"We've got a ten million dollar budget, I mean do the math"

So presumably if the thing makes a profit, they'll be ready to go, as it's clear Hollywood loves nothing more than sequels to low budget movies, though this might be a first in the sci-fi genre, rather than the trend of pumping out PARANORMAL ACTIVITYs and SAWs.

Will it be profitable? With the amount of publicity pouring into this thing, I have to imagine it will be. Combine that with some good reviews and it would be hard for it NOT to surpass its own budget. But how much is being spent on that marketing? Is that factored in?

In any case, SKYLINE opens November 12th opposite Rachel McAdams' barely publicized MORNING GLORY and the "OMG why won't this train stop?" Tony Scott joint, UNSTOPPABLE. DUE DATE and MEGAMIND open the week before, so it might have some lingering competition there. Do you think SKYLINE will be a sleeper hit?

Extra Tidbit: Why haven't we heard any DISTRICT 9 sequel news in ages?
Source: AITH

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1:43PM on 10/30/2010
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1:41PM on 10/30/2010
And why Mr. Tassi would you expect this film to have good reviews ? It looks like it could be straight-to-DVD, despite the surprisingly good CGI. I agree with the dude who said it looks more like D-War than District 9.
And why Mr. Tassi would you expect this film to have good reviews ? It looks like it could be straight-to-DVD, despite the surprisingly good CGI. I agree with the dude who said it looks more like D-War than District 9.
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6:54PM on 10/29/2010
Seems like every action movie these days have a sequel planned. Clash of the Titans, Last Airbender, Machete, etc. If the first movie isn't good, I don't care if the film makes enough profit for a sequel. I'll reserve my judgement untill seeing how good this film is. I'm afraid it'll be like the Day the Earth Stood Still remake. All the best parts in the trailer, and the rest is just a mediocre plot.
Seems like every action movie these days have a sequel planned. Clash of the Titans, Last Airbender, Machete, etc. If the first movie isn't good, I don't care if the film makes enough profit for a sequel. I'll reserve my judgement untill seeing how good this film is. I'm afraid it'll be like the Day the Earth Stood Still remake. All the best parts in the trailer, and the rest is just a mediocre plot.
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3:19PM on 10/29/2010

Cheap because...

There's not one single well-known actor in it and the brothers have their own special fx company.
There's not one single well-known actor in it and the brothers have their own special fx company.
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5:11PM on 10/29/2010
I recognized a couple actors. Not by NAME but they're the reason I'll probably end up seeing it. Angel Batista from Dexter (or the general in Expendables) and Turk from Scrubs are in this. Neither seem obvious for a sci fi film which is why I'll probably check it out. Out of curiosity.
I recognized a couple actors. Not by NAME but they're the reason I'll probably end up seeing it. Angel Batista from Dexter (or the general in Expendables) and Turk from Scrubs are in this. Neither seem obvious for a sci fi film which is why I'll probably check it out. Out of curiosity.
2:13PM on 10/29/2010
Remember folks District-9 did as well as it did at opening due to Peter Jacksons name tagged with every trailer and commercial. Yes District is an amazing movie, I loved it, but without Jacksons name tagged I gaurentee it would be in the same sort of hmmm this looks good but im not sure category as Skyline is. Lets give it a chance before we hate on it.
Remember folks District-9 did as well as it did at opening due to Peter Jacksons name tagged with every trailer and commercial. Yes District is an amazing movie, I loved it, but without Jacksons name tagged I gaurentee it would be in the same sort of hmmm this looks good but im not sure category as Skyline is. Lets give it a chance before we hate on it.
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1:21PM on 10/29/2010
Wow, I had no idea this only cost $20 million. Don't know if it'll be any good, but kudos to them for the small budget!
Wow, I had no idea this only cost $20 million. Don't know if it'll be any good, but kudos to them for the small budget!
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1:04PM on 10/29/2010

I'm Hopeful

I am all for any movie with aliens in it. I really want this film to be great, the cast is a little questionable, but I do like Faison and the dude from 24 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If it does get a sequel, Roland Emmerich should be worried, because he keeps talking about a sequel to Independence Day and the Strouse brothers may tap into some of the ideas he may have brewing.
I am all for any movie with aliens in it. I really want this film to be great, the cast is a little questionable, but I do like Faison and the dude from 24 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If it does get a sequel, Roland Emmerich should be worried, because he keeps talking about a sequel to Independence Day and the Strouse brothers may tap into some of the ideas he may have brewing.
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12:56PM on 10/29/2010

FOR THE HATERS!!!!

How can anyone really judge movie before seeing it? For those folks, just don't leave your day time job to make movies!! skyline is going to make 22m in their first weekend! It's a pure scifi movie with plenty of actions from the trailers! People like that, ex ID ... had a weak story, not a strong cast, and yet it made 800m worldwide. As for the budget, 20m ... that's just penny in the bucket for Hollywood! I just hope they don't mess up Skyline 2, when the budget increases!!
How can anyone really judge movie before seeing it? For those folks, just don't leave your day time job to make movies!! skyline is going to make 22m in their first weekend! It's a pure scifi movie with plenty of actions from the trailers! People like that, ex ID ... had a weak story, not a strong cast, and yet it made 800m worldwide. As for the budget, 20m ... that's just penny in the bucket for Hollywood! I just hope they don't mess up Skyline 2, when the budget increases!!
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1:43PM on 10/30/2010
Are you trying to say that the Stause brothers could be as talented as James Cameron ?
Are you trying to say that the Stause brothers could be as talented as James Cameron ?
12:49PM on 10/29/2010

D-9?

This movie looks more like D-Wars than D-9. The trailers and film clips are just chock-full of bad acting. I might be able to get past the acting if it has a good story. The effects do look pretty good and I hope it does well, but I just don't think it will.
This movie looks more like D-Wars than D-9. The trailers and film clips are just chock-full of bad acting. I might be able to get past the acting if it has a good story. The effects do look pretty good and I hope it does well, but I just don't think it will.
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12:51PM on 10/29/2010
Although, I was pretty much already checked-out when I saw that it was starring Eric Balfour. Dude is just not very good
Although, I was pretty much already checked-out when I saw that it was starring Eric Balfour. Dude is just not very good
12:05PM on 10/29/2010
I don't think it's fair to say this thing looks like a million bucks if it cost more than that to make. Sure, it's still cheaper than even D-9, but it also feels a little cheaper, too. I'll be glad for the Strause brothers if this thing does well for them. I still don't know how I feel about it though. D-9 had what felt like a genuinely original take on the genre. This, not so much.

And I think, becaus Neill Blomkamp is developing a movie not related to his Jo'burg movie, the news is slim.
I don't think it's fair to say this thing looks like a million bucks if it cost more than that to make. Sure, it's still cheaper than even D-9, but it also feels a little cheaper, too. I'll be glad for the Strause brothers if this thing does well for them. I still don't know how I feel about it though. D-9 had what felt like a genuinely original take on the genre. This, not so much.

And I think, becaus Neill Blomkamp is developing a movie not related to his Jo'burg movie, the news is slim. Why we haven't heard more on THAT movie is my question.
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